Frogmore House and Gardens to open its gates this summer in aid of charity

Battersea has been chosen as one of three charities to benefit from a rare opening of a favourite royal retreat, Frogmore House and Gardens, this summer.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, along with the National Gardens Scheme and Blind Veterans UK, is offering the opportunity to purchase tickets to visit Frogmore House and Gardens, set in the magnificent grounds of Windsor Castle’s Private Home Park, to help raise vital funds for the three charities.

The Estate will be open to the public for three days on 7, 8 and 9 June 2016 and visitors will have the opportunity to pack a picnic and explore the breath-taking 35-acre private gardens. 

Frogmore House and Gardens was well-known as a favourite residence of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother who spent part of her honeymoon there in 1923. Although it is no longer a royal residence, Frogmore House and Gardens is frequently used by the Royal Family for entertaining.

Tickets to Frogmore House and Gardens cost £6.20 (children under 5 enter for free). They can be purchased in advance directly from the charities or by paying in cash at the gate. Limited tickets for guided garden history tours will be available each day (£3), running at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Refreshments will be available and picnics are welcome.

Thursday 9 June – Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. Book tickets for Frogmore House and Gardens on Thursday 9 June (booking fee 90p). Alternatively you can purchase tickets in person from Battersea Old Windsor Reception or the Windsor Tourist Information Centre.

For further press information please contact the relevant charity or the Royal Collection Trust. 

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Notes to editors

Free parking will be available off the Long Walk and refreshments will be on sale within the grounds, although visitors are welcome to take their own picnics. Opening times on all three days are 10.00am to 5.15pm, with last entry at 4.00pm. Once in the garden, separate tickets can be purchased from Royal Collection Trust to visit Frogmore House.

Royal Collection Trust, a department of the Royal Household, is responsible for the care of the Royal Collection and manages the public opening of the official residences of The Queen. Income generated from admissions and from associated commercial activities contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational programmes. Royal Collection Trust’s work is undertaken without public funding of any kind.

Additional information on Frogmore House and Garden

  • Built in the 17th century, Frogmore was purchased for George III’s consort, Queen Charlotte, and has since been a tranquil, country residence of successive monarchs.
  • It is no longer an occupied royal residence, but is frequently used by the Royal Family for private entertaining.
  • Frogmore's garden and lake are largely the creation of Queen Charlotte, who had a passionate interest in botany. In the 1790s the Queen introduced over 4,000 trees and shrubs to create a model ‘picturesque’ landscape.
  • Queen Victoria loved Frogmore so much that she chose to have a mausoleum for herself and her husband, Prince Albert, built in the grounds. The mausoleum is currently not open to visitors due to long-term renovation work.

Additional information on the charities

National Gardens Scheme (NGS)

The National Gardens Scheme raises money for nursing and health charities by opening gardens of quality and interest to the public.  Most are private gardens open through the generosity of their owners and the volunteers who support them. In 2015, the NGS was able to donate over £2.6 million thanks to funds raised at over 3,800 gardens in England and Wales. Charities supported include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Parkinson’s UK, the Queen’s Nursing Institute and the Carers Trust.  www.ngs.org.uk.

Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan’s) is a national charity that believes that no-one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone. It provides blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women with a lifetime’s practical and emotional support, regardless of when they served and how they lost their sight. Blind Veterans UK help blind veterans to recover their independence and discover a life beyond sight loss. For further information please visit www.blindveterans.org.uk.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society. Battersea has three centres in South East England - the London centre in Battersea, at Old Windsor in Berkshire and at Brands Hatch in Kent. Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.